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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Medicare’s “Extra Help” program helps people with limited income pay for their prescription medications             Making ends meet should not mean going without your medications. If you have limited income and resources, you may qualify for Extra Help to pay for some health care and prescription drug costs. Drug costs in 2015 for m ...

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Entering Stage Wright!

Entering Stage Wright!                                 Critically-acclaimed Jeffrey Wright continually pushes the boundaries of his craft with inspiring and celebrated performances in an illustrious career that has spanned the worlds of theatre, film and television. On the big screen, Wright was most recently seen in Jim Jarmusc ...

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The Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards

The Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service is accepting nominations for the sixth annual Governor’s Volunteer Service Awards.  These awards recognize individual volunteers to highlight the importance of volunteerism and community service in the State of Illinois. For profit businesses that support service will also be recognized. Individual awards will be presented to one youth (18 ...

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Who We Be The Colorization of America

“Race. A four-letter word. The greatest social divide in American life, a half-century ago and today. During that time, the United States has seen the most dramatic demographic and cultural shift in its history, what can be called the colorization of America… How do Americans see race now? After eras framed by words like ‘multicultural’ and ‘post-racial,’ do we see each other any more clearly? From the drea ...

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Please and Thank You Power

Please and Thank You Power By: James Washington Special To The NNPA From The Dallas Weekly   Have you ever thought about just thanking God for being God? I mean I know at times, I must get on His last nerve and it’s just nice to know that He forgives. One of the truths that I’ve referenced before is that Jesus’ frustration with the apostles sometimes took on a whiff of righteous indignation. After all, ...

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Discrimination in Car Dealer Financing

By: Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist A diverse group of civil rights leaders representing Blacks, Latinos and Asian-Pacific Islanders have joined forces to call for major changes in auto dealer compensation. Together, the organizations are calling for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) to use its rule-making authority to stop dealer markups on auto interest rates that in 2009 cost consumers $25. ...

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Mr. Fletcher: The Passing of a Retail Pioneer

By: Mary L. Datcher Staff Writer   The music world has lost another major pioneer in the music and entertainment business; this time a man who has helped shaped the retail business in Chicago and influence how music is sold today. Ester Fletcher, known to many in the industry as ‘Mr. Fletcher’ or ‘Fletch’, the owner of the longest running Black owned One Stop music business in the country has died. Bas ...

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Cosby: His Life and Times – by Mark Whitaker

By: Kam Williams Entertainment Columnist           “[Bill] Cosby grew up in a Philadelphia housing project, the son of an alcoholic, largely absent father and a loving but overworked mother… After dropping out of high school, Cosby turned his life around by joining the navy, talking his way into college, and seizing his first break as a stand-up comedian. Published on the 30th anniv ...

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Michael Jordan, King James and Sneaker Dough

By: Everett Glenn NNPA Guest Columnist                             There’s a runninng debate in basketball that Michael Jordan made winners out of the players around him in Chicago, while LeBron James had to go join other winners in Miami to become a winner. The debate rages on, and the question will not be answered definitively until LeB ...

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Mr. Fletcher: The Passing of a Retail Pioneer

By: Mary L. Datcher Staff Writer Mr. Fletcher: The Passing of a Retail Pioneer                 Mr. Fletcher: Cake to Fletchers One Stop for 10 years of support to Rap a Lot Records. (courtesy of Kelly Robinson) The music world has lost another major pioneer in the music and entertainment business; this time a man who has helped shaped the retail business in Chicago an ...

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